Iwai Shijaku [I] as the courtesan (oiran) ShiratamaArtist(s)Utagawa KunisadaArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1822-1844Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 15/16 in. x 10 3/16 in. ( 38 cm x 25.8 cm )Credit LineGift of Dr. James HayesSubject matter
Iwai Shijaku I was also known as Iwai Hanshiro VII. He was the oldest son of Iwai Hanshirō V. He was born in 1804 and active from 1806 until his death in 1845. He spent time acting in Edo as well as Osaka.Physical Description
The woman in this print is dressed in an elaborate robe of many layers and colors. The sash, tied in the front, is beige with gold and blue patterns. Her hair is decorated with large pins, and she holds a folded paper in her hand. A sword is visible next to her, and there are lines of calligraphy in the space above her.
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kunisada ga; Publisher’s seal: Tsutakichi; Censor’s seal: Kiwame; Shiratama, Iwai ShijakuPrimary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image
for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.